OVC Notebook: Eastern Kentucky remains winless in OVC play


Dillan Schorfheide

Abby Wahl tries to put up a layup attempt with two defenders trying to block her shot during Eastern’s 80-60 victory over Eastern Kentcuky in Lantz Arena Jan. 31.

JJ Bullock, Sports Editor

Can someone check for a pulse on Eastern Kentucky’s women’s basketball team please? I am beginning to worry.

The Eastern Kentucky women’s basketball team lost its 12th game in a row on Saturday and fell to 0-12 in the Ohio Valley Conference in what may have been its ugliest loss yet: A 57-31 eyesore of a result to Tennessee State.

Tennessee State itself is no juggernaut in the OVC, the Tigers are 4-8, but on Saturday they made Eastern Kentucky look bad, well, worse.

The Colonels shot just 24 percent from the field and just 22 percent from three-point range … yikes. Bria Bass led the team, repeat that, led the team, with eight points on 3-of-9 shooting.

Murray State had yet another good weekend and improved its record to 5-7 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Racers beat Eastern 60-51 on Thursday and then Southern Illinois Edwardsville 81-75 on Saturday.

The three teams Murray State beat in its last games come as wins of huge conference implications. Murray State beat Jacksonville State (5-7) last week and Eastern (4-8) and Southern Illinois Edwardsville (5-7) this week.

Murray State now has a leg up on all three of those teams in the competition for the 6-8 seeds in the conference tournament.

Belmont was the only other team, along with Murray State, that had the only other undefeated weekend in the OVC. The Bruins are now 11-1 and two games ahead of Tennessee Tech and Morehead State for first place in the conference.

Belmont beat Eastern Kentucky 87-52 Thursday and picked up a big win over Morehead State 77-57 Saturday.

Belmont has now beaten Tennessee-Martin (8-4) and Morehead State in back-to-back weeks and appears to once again be the team to beat in the conference.

The top of the conference seems to be sorting itself out now as Tennessee Tech picked up a win over Tennessee-Martin 80-76 on Saturday.

Kesha Brady had 23 points in the win for Tennessee Tech, and Chelsey Perry had 28 points for Tennessee-Martin.

Tennessee Tech is now in a tie with Morehead State, both at 9-3, for second place in the conference.

Next Saturday will provide a huge game for Tennessee Tech as they will meet Belmont in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Tennessee Tech is the only team that has beaten Belmont this season, and if it were to do it again, it could flip the conference on its head.

Evelyn Adebayo of Murray State  is now the conference’s leading scorer; she averages 18.3 points per game. She is ahead of Miranda Crockett and Aliyah Jeuene for the conference lead in that category.

JJ Bullock can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]